Arkansas governor signs bills creating $173M COVID-19 fund

Arkansas' governor has signed into law a measure creating a $173 million fund to combat the coronavirus and to address a budget shortfall the state faces because of the outbreak.

Mobile tent hospital structure being built in Stoddard County

  Grocery store delivers needed items to senior citizens

Arkansas lawmakers approve COVID-19 fund as virus cases rise

  Memphis funeral home adapts operations as COVID-19 cases increase in the Mid-South

Farmer double whammy: Coronavirus and wet fields

  Surge in new gun ownership training

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Caruthersville declares state of emergency, establishes curfew

2 more COVID-19 positive cases in Scott Co.

Memphis in May announces new October dates for Beale Street Music Festival, barbecue contest

Injured? Orthopedics facilities can help while freeing up the emergency rooms for COVID-19 patients

Mayor Strickland announces closure of all city sports courts, fields, skate parks & dog parks

Gov. Parson activates Mo. National Guard; 670 total positive cases, 9 deaths in Mo.

  FULL BRIEFING: WATCH: Gov. Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 briefing-3/27

The governor's and ADH's daily update on the state’s response to the spread of COVID-19 including the number of new cases and deaths.

  Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

The Arkansas Department of Health is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 daily.

AGFC closes offices, nature centers, shooting ranges

The AGFC announced Friday it is extending the temporary closure of its offices, nature and education centers, and shooting ranges until further notice.

Mo. prisoners making face masks for healthcare workers

According MODOC, participants in the Restorative Justice programs inside Bonne Terre and Vandalia prisons are making the face masks.

  Nice-Pak looking to hire 100 people

  Arkansas man caught licking couple’s doorbell camera amid coronavirus crisis apologizes

Current cancellations in Arkansas due to COVID-19

  How to clean your home if a family member has coronavirus

Stax Music Academy to launch virtual classes for all Memphis students

Special COVID-19 legislative session kicks off

  Teens volunteer at food pantry, helping elderly and those in need

With schools out and a lot of people relying on some help with the extra meals, one local church has added some new faces to their food pantry staff.

  Families in the Heartland go “bear hunting”

Bear hunting in the neighborhood.

  Memphis comic and game store finds creative way to keep up business during coronavirus crisis

901 Comics and 901 Games offers curbside pickup and delivery around Mid-South during coronavirus.

President Trump approves Missouri major disaster declaration

Governor Parson requested the federal disaster declaration on Tuesday, March 24.

FedEx Express screening employees, guests in response to COVID-19

In response to the coronavirus, FedEx Express is now checking temperatures of all Memphis Hub employees, guests and on-site vendors prior to entry.

  Real estate agents are getting creative to sell homes

The Coronavirus pandemic has many industries changing how they do business in order to stay in business, and that's true for local real estate agents.

  Telemedicine helping patients, healthcare providers amid COVID-19 outbreak

Everyone is trying to flatten the curve of the coronavirus outbreak, but what do you do when you need to go to the doctor?

  Cracking down on domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic

Families have spent days at home due to COVID-19. The sudden life changes could cause tension and in some cases lead to abuse. Memphis police and a local family counseling agency are trying to help.

  Sidewalk chalk messages of support for Heartland healthcare workers

Healthcare professionals wrote notes for staff at Heartland hospitals, nursing homes and clinics.

  Cruising the Square in Fredericktown, Mo.

The community cruises the streets of Fredericktown to cure boredom.

Mempho Music Festival postpones concert until 2021

Mempho Music Festival skips 2020 due to COVID-19

3rd COVID-19 case reported in Dunklin Co.

The Health Department has been notified of the third positive case of COVID-19 in Dunklin County.

  Packaging business working around the clock to meet dining demands

The coronavirus outbreak has forced Arkansas restaurants to close their dining rooms, but they’re still delivering food to their customers. And that’s driving up demand for to-go boxes.

Doctor shares tips on how to safely unpack groceries, takeout without transferring coronavirus

Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen shared some valuable tips for unpacking your groceries or takeout during the global coronavirus pandemic.

  WATCH FULL BRIEFING: Gov. Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 update for Arkansas - 3/26

The governor's and ADH's daily update on the state’s response to the spread of COVID-19 including the number and locations of new cases and deaths.

  COVID-19: NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital Community Conversation

To help you separate fact from fiction, leading health professionals address your questions and concerns in our continuing series COVID-19: A Community Conversation.

School district busing food to kids

Beginning Monday, March 30, Harrisburg will use its buses to deliver food throughout the district.

ADH advising international, New York travelers to self-quarantine

The Arkansas Department of Health Thursday urged all travelers to New York State and those who have made international trips to self-quarantine.

  Texas Roadhouse CEO giving up base salary, bonus to pay ‘frontline’ employees

Kent Taylor, the chief executive officer of Texas Roadhouse, is giving up his base salary and incentive bonus to pay hourly restaurant employees, according to FSR Magazine.

Krispy Kreme offering free donuts to doctors, nurses

Krispy Kreme will be offering free donuts to doctors and nurses every Monday until May.

  Mayor: Four positive COVID-19 cases in Craighead County

An area business is working to clean and disinfect a facility in Jonesboro after an unconfirmed case of COVID-19.

  Butler Co. resident tested negative for COVID-19 before death

On Wednesday, March 26, the results of the test for the patient came back negative for COVID-19.

  REPLAY - Arkansans Ask: COVID-19

A panel of experts shared need-to-know information about COVID-19 and how the state is responding.

  City of Brookland makes accommodations for residents’ utility bill

The mayor believes if this crisis continues, the city could possibly be able to make these extensions into the summer.

Funeral homes around Arkansas making changes in middle of COVID-19 pandemic

A Central Arkansas funeral home operator is working to help families honor their loved ones while addressing safety concerns in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis.

  The Investigators: FBI says risk for child exploitation is higher during pandemic

The FBI says there is an increased risk for child exploitation because children are out of school and online due during the coornavirus pandemic.

2nd person tests positive for COVID-19 in Dunklin County, Mo.

The Dunklin County Health Department has been notified of a second positive case of COVID-19 in Dunklin County.

Coronavirus outbreak forces fast food franchises to ask government for help

Americans expect to find their fast food restaurants always open, but the coronavirus outbreak has some franchise owners taking a hard look at their bottom line.

  Hospital ready to take on COVID-19; facility tested person positive for virus

Piggott Community Hospital confirmed a positive case of coronavirus in Dunklin County, Mo., while the hospital says they were ready then and they plan to stay that way.

1st positive COVID-19 case confirmed in Stoddard County, Mo.

The Stoddard County Public Health Center confirmed the first positive case in the county.

  Teacher uses YouTube to connect with students during closure

A Greene County school teacher took it upon himself to still connect with his students during the coronavirus pandemic but in a non-traditional way.

MoDOT issues free, temporary overweight permits for trucks

The permit is effective March 25, 2020 through April 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., Central Daylight Savings Time.

Arkansas House to meet at Jack Stephens Center for COVID-19 special session; Senate to meet at Capitol

A special session to deal with a $353.1 million shortfall in the state budget in the aftermath of the COVID-19 virus has state lawmakers heading to Little Rock Thursday, with one house meeting nearly five miles away from the state Capitol building.

  WATCH FULL BRIEFING: Gov. Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 briefing for 3/25

The governor's and ADH's daily update on the state’s response to the spread of COVID-19 including the number and locations of new cases and deaths.

  COVID-19: AMMC Community Conversation

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe and the state of Arkansas, we here at Region 8 News are dedicated to providing you with information that will keep you and your family safe and healthy.

School district delivers lesson on giving during COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to spread, a northeast Arkansas school district is teaching its students a powerful lesson in giving back to the community.

Early voting for runoff ongoing, rule change for absentee voting due to COVID-19

In Craighead County, early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Craighead County Courthouses in Jonesboro and Lake City.

Homeless shelter closing its doors amid COVID-19 fears

A northeast Arkansas homeless shelter is closing its doors to the public.

ADH: 9 more lives lost to flu, death toll now stands at 105

The Arkansas Department of Health reported Wednesday, March 25, that 9 more people died in the last week due to influenza.

  Blytheville host mother has concerns about returning exchange student

Spain has requested one student to come home; however, one Blytheville host mother has her concerns.

  ‘You are loved’: Heartfelt messages left outside Mid-South nursing homes after coronavirus outbreak ends family visits

Since the COVID-19 outbreak has kept visitors from residents at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and rehab centers, Riffe and her business brought the love to them.

Make-A-Wish Mid-South promotes messages of hope for children amid COVID-19 outbreak

The foundation says 77% of the wishes involve travel but while they postpone their magical wishes they are launching a new program, “Messages of Hope.”

Lawrence Memorial Hospital creating new emergency childcare center

A Lawrence County hospital will help medical workers and county employees affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

  Red Ribbons to bring the community together

Free Red Ribbons to support our country.

  Memphis, Shelby County municipalities issue ‘safer-at-home’ orders to curb the spread of COVID-19

The mayors Memphis and the Shelby County municipalities have issued “safer-at-home” orders to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19. The order does not include a city curfew.

  Memphis Tourism to host virtual online festival to support local musicians

Normally you don’t have to go far to see live music in Memphis, but even with those performances now canceled, all of us can watch a festival this weekend from the comfort and safety of our home.

  New program in Poplar Bluff geared to help the elderly

There’s a new program in Poplar Bluff designed to help feed people 60 and older who cannot get out of the house right now.

Tennessee now has 667 confirmed cases of coronavirus including 2 deaths; Shelby County has 135

Health officials confirmed there are 135 cases of coronavirus in Shelby County and at least 667 in the state of Tennessee.

  REPLAY - FULL BRIEFING: Gov. Hutchinson’s daily COVID-19 update with ADH - 3/24

A recorded from 3/24 update on the state’s response to the spread of COVID-19 in Arkansas, along with the number and locations of new cases.

Pharmacy makes, donates hand sanitizer for police

In addition to fighting crime, Jonesboro police officers are fighting the coronavirus.

  Smokers urged to cut back during coronavirus outbreak

Experts: Good reason to suspect that virus more dangerous to people who smoke or vape

Cleburne Co. COVID-19 outbreak linked to church outing

One of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in Arkansas can be traced back to a single church outing in Cleburne County.

A Better Region 8: Adjusting to social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic

For many of us, this weekend gave us a much-needed deep breath as we accept what is happening, prepare and plan our next steps.

2nd St. Jude employee tests positive for COVID-19

A second St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital employee has been confirmed to have the novel coronavirus.

2 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Pemiscot County, Mo.

Two confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in the county.

  COVID-19 effects on chemotherapy treatments for cancer patients

Cancer patients at Baptist Memorial Hospital are already feeling the weight of this pandemic. Some are asking doctors to make a scary decision.

  BBB warns people about surgical mask scams

The Better Business Bureau said they have received more than two dozen reports on scams involving buying surgical masks.

Louisiana’s statewide stay at home order in effect now

Louisiana has the fastest growth rate of the coronavirus in any state or country in the world.